Thalassemia

New Jersey Lawyers Representing Parents Of Children With Genetic Blood Disorders

Thalassemia is a genetic blood disorder that affects the development of hemoglobin, the protein that carries oxygen in red blood cells. Left undetected or untreated, thalassemia will result in the destruction of red blood cells throughout the body, leading to anemia and putting individuals at risk for many other health problems. Thalassemia can be detected through prenatal screening, and parents may choose to screen for it in order to prevent suffering on behalf of their unborn child.

Nagel Rice obtained a $3.1 Million settlement for a wrongful birth action involving the failure to detect Tay-Sachs, and the client’s story was featured in the October 2005 issue of Self Magazine. We also obtained a $2 Million settlement in a wrongful birth action involving a negligently performed genetic test. Click here to review more wrongful birth/wrongful life verdicts and settlements.

If you were not informed that your child was at risk for thalassemia or given the option to terminate the pregnancy based on that information, you could be eligible to make a wrongful birth claim. Contact Nagel Rice, LLP, in New Jersey at 973-618-0400.

Understanding The Effects Of Thalassemia

More severe cases of thalassemia in unborn babies can result in stillbirth late in the pregnancy, something no parent should have to endure. Other complications for children with thalassemia include:

  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Jaundice
  • Facial deformities
  • Fatigue
  • Stunted growth
  • Shortness of breath
  • Early heart failure

The difficulties presented by these conditions are only complicated by the fact that thalassemia can only be managed, not treated, by undergoing frequent blood transfusions, bone marrow transplants and regular chelation therapy to remove excess iron from the body. At Nagel Rice, we seek to help parents recover the financial compensation they deserve to manage these ongoing costs in cases where genetic testing errors or medical negligence led to wrongful birth. We try cases, and we produce results.

Call Nagel Rice at 973-618-0400 or send us an email. Our New Jersey wrongful birth attorneys serve clients throughout New Jersey, including Essex, Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Union and Middlesex Counties; we have offices in Roseland and New York City.